Antwerp, Friday 10th of March – Innovative Belgian faucet design by Co Studio wins Design Plus powered by ISH 2017 Award.
Out of 154 products submitted for the Design Plus Award in Frankfurt, Andrew designed by Co.Studio, manufactured by rvb® , was one of the 25 prize winners.
Design Plus powered by ISH is a seal of approval awarded to products distinguished by sustainability, innovative design and energy-efficient technology.
A highly qualified specialist jury evaluates, amongst other things: design quality, overall concept, degree of innovativeness, choice of materials and technical and ecological aspects.
Pure as water
“Andrew was born from the sense that something was lacking in our search for a contemporary line of taps full of character for our projects. As designers, we have a clear image of the lightness and purity we want. The existing possibilities did not respond to our needs. Working closely with rvb®, we were able to make our wishes a reality”
Co.Studio’s Christian Van Suetendael explains.
When the designers presented the first sketches and models of the Andrew collection, rvb® was immediately seduced by the combination of originality and refinement in the style. Right from the start, the exacting requirements of the project designers inspired rvb®’s R&D team, who are well accustomed to technological challenges. As Louis-Philippe Gillieaux, the project manager, makes clear, “the difficulty lay in integrating complex mechanisms into a product that was both sensitive and highly ergonomic, whilst respecting our brand’s high reliability standards and ensuring easy installation for professionals.”
“We were looking for a strong, minimalist form. Our design language translates into timeless pieces that are always stripped back to their essence, freed from all superfluous elements. For example, the handle is completely integrated into the shape of the tap, which is not just a functional feature but ultimately determines the purity of its form as well. Flow control is instinctive and ergonomic. With its understated allure, Andrew represents the experience of water in its very essence”
Gert Van den Steen, founding partner at Co.Studio.
Andrew is a total collection of understated, integrated solutions adapted to various situations. The range consists of different models for both surface and wall mounting, available for both the bathroom and the kitchen. Finishes in chrome, matte black, matte nickel and colors on request such as matt blue and bronze. Always characterised by a purity of form and rvb®’s reliable quality standard.
ISH is the world’s leading trade fair for the Bathroom Experience, Building, Energy, Air-conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies. Taking place in Frankfurt Messe, from 14 to 18 March 2017, more than 2.400 market leading exhibitors, including rvb®, will launch their latest products under the motto ‘Water. Energy. Life.’
Co.Studio, founded in Antwerp in 1998, specialises in interior design and architecture with the associated product design. The designers aim for strong, timeless pieces with a sophisticated and detailed image, always reduced to their pure essence. This intention is encapsulated in every design created by the duo Christian van Suetendael and Gert van den Steen.
rvb®, Belgian tap manufacturer since 1935, rvb©’s innovations are based on a constant endeavour to develop original, high-end taps that combine a rigorous selection of refined material such as solid brass with impeccable quality finishes. www.rvb.be
This is the first collaboration between Co.Studio and rvb®
The German Design Council is organizing the competition Design Plus powered by ISH for Messe Frankfurt since 1983.
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